WASHINGTON -- Zach Parise notched a hat trick before a crunching hit from two players sent him to the locker-room midway through the second period, and the New Jersey Devils snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Washington Capitals 5-0 Friday night.

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WASHINGTON -- Zach Parise notched a hat trick before a crunching hit from two players sent him to the locker-room midway through the second period, and the New Jersey Devils snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Washington Capitals 5-0 Friday night.

Parise raised his total to a team-high 27 goals, including pairing with a somersaulting Dainius Zubrus for two that came 29 seconds apart, but left the game at the 9:40 mark of the second period when he was sandwiched between Washington forwards Matt Hendricks and Brooks Laich near the boards.

Parise stayed down awhile as he was checked out, then was helped off the ice. He was on the bench in the third period, smiling and chatting with teammates, and played briefly on a power play with about six minutes left.

Devils goalie Johan Hedberg, playing in place of Martin Brodeur for the first time since Feb. 9, made 23 saves for his first win since Feb. 4 against Philadelphia. Hedberg collected his third shutout of the season and 20th of his career. Less than four minutes into the game, he made an athletic play to swoop across his crease and block Troy Brouwer's shot after Laich sent a pass right in front of the net. Hedberg wasn't challenged much after that.

The Devils needed about 111/2 minutes to register their second official shot on Michal Neuvirth, but they made it count. Parise got his first of the night by knocking in a sensational no-look, between-the-legs backhand pass from David Clarkson on a power play to make it 1-0. Patrik Elias earned a secondary assist on the play.

By the time New Jersey's shots-on-goal total reached seven, the score was 3-0 and the red-clad Washington fans were booing. The jeering would return throughout the game.

In its previous game, against the visiting New York Islanders on Tuesday, Washington overcame a 2-0 deficit in the final 3 1/2 minutes of regulation, then won on Alex Ovechkin's overtime goal. But there would be no such comeback on this night.

-- The Associated Press